Oui Wine Bat at SE Wine Collective is part of a unique multi-faceted urban winery designed to bring together like-minded wineries that are sustainably growing their businesses by establishing a venue for commercial custom crush wine production. Oui Wine Bar offers visitors a chance to enjoy tastes, glass pours and carafes of wines on tap from four resident artisanal wine producers. They have inspirational wines from all over the world, as well as amazing food to complement the wines. The food menu is created by Chef Althea Potter and she sources almost all of her ingredients from local farms including the Beginning Urban Farmers program. To see what kind of special events they offer each month be sure to check their online calendar. They offer dinners, brunches, and much more.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Oui Wine Bar is a small intimate setting for a lovely date night.
Local Expert tip: Check the winery calendar often for guest winemaker evenings, wine focused classes, dinners, brunches, as well as special events.
Radar is a one of a kind neighborhood candle lit restaurant run by a husband and wife team. They've created a warm and inviting place to dine, especially enjoyable on a crisp fall day. The menu is ideal for sharing with a variety small plate and larger plate options. Small plates offer selections like deviled eggs, three ways. Large plates like the chicken fried McFarland Springs trout with celeriac remoulade, lettuce, radish, shallots, tarragon aioli, and trout chicharrones are a heaping portion. Pair your dinner with a cocktail like the Night Owl made with bourbon, Coconib Ramazzootti, and toasted pecan bitters. Savor it, as it gets better with each sip. An indulgent brunch is available on weekends only.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Radar offers a romantic atmosphere and wonderful food perfect for date night.
Meagan's expert tip: Kick off your meal with one of their signature cocktails like the Night Owl created by acclaimed bartender Alex Day specifically for Radar.
Raven and Rose is a gastropub in downtown Portland dishing up some of the area's best comfort food inspired by the British Isles. Owner Lisa Mygrant's time spent living, cooking and learning in England and Ireland has inspired both the atmosphere and cuisine at Raven & Rose. Using organic local ingredients to create dishes in-house, daily and by hand like fresh pastas, pastries, crackers, soups and sauces. They even butcher steaks, roasts, rabbits, birds, and fish in-house everyday. In the bar they hand-squeeze all of the juice each day, and make their own syrups, cordials and tinctures. Raven & Rose restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Raven and Rose is an intimate restaurant perfect for a romantic evening out.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try the fillet of beef, it is superb.
Verdigris Restaurant is a small French-inspired restaurant located in Northeast Portland, Oregon with an old world vibe. Owners Johnny and Kristina Nunn have created a warm, rustic, and memorable dining experience for every patron. Verdigris serves modern and traditional fare with an ever changing, seasonal menu and wine list everyday except Mondays for brunch and dinner. The cuisine is highlighted with simply prepared local produce, low temperature cooking with light accompaniments and delectable desserts. Here you can enjoy options like duck fat hash browns, ribeye hamburgers, and beef bourguignon. Finish the meal off with one of their divine desserts like Brioche-Banana Bread Pudding or chocolate mousse.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Verdigris is a cozy restaurant perfect for a date night in North Portland.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order, try the ribeye hamburger. It is phenomenal.
Ox is delightful Argentine restaurant in North East Portland with a focus on grilled meats locally sourced, cooked over an open fire like Grilled Short Ribs, House Chorizo & Morcilla Sausages, Skirt Steak, and Sweetbreads. All meat orders come with complimentary bread with chimichurri dipping sauce. They also have seasonal fish available. The menu also provides many options for vegetarians including salads, fried potatoes, cauliflower soup, and many more options. It's hard to believe the desserts are just as good as their meats. From the warm hazelnut brown butter torte to the Lemon Brioche bread pudding to their assorted cheese boards it's all wonderful.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Ox is one of the best restaurants in Portland Oregon and it's extremely romantic.
Meagan's expert tip: Try the Asado Argentino dinner for two if you're unsure what to order.
Located on the 30th floor of the Unico/US Bancorp Tower, this stylish steakhouse is lined with panoramic windows showcasing gorgeous views of downtown Portland. As the sun sets over the Cascade Mountains, patrons savor exquisite martinis, such as the lavender lemon drop, and superb steak and seafood dishes. The hand-seasoned steaks are served with a baked potato or buttermilk mashed potatoes as well as lavish additions like lemon basil lobster butter or triple cream Gorgonzola. They offer happy hour everyday at 4 PM until 7 PM and again at 9 PM until close. They were named one of America's 100 Best Wine restaurants by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Portland City Grill offers a romantic fine dining experience with stunning views of the city.
Meagan's expert tip: Visit Portland City Grill during happy hour for a less expensive dinner.
Ava Gene's features a Roman inspired menu is simple and rustic with an emphasis on the best local produce and meats grown and raised by Pacific Northwest farmers and ranchers. That is why they feature a seasonal always changing menu. They take a great deal of pride in everything they prepare. Each item is hand made one at a time. From their custom breads to their delectable pastas everything they create is beautiful and delicious. For an entertaining evening sit at the chef's table where you can watch them create each dish. They also have a regional Italian wine list that complements the cuisine as well as craft cocktails.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Ava Genes is the perfect spot for a date in SE Portland, Oregon.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to start your meal off with one of their lavish breads.
Mucca Osteria is an intimate Italian eatery in downtown Portland, Oregon. This hidden gem is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, but is often overlooked. The menu here changes seasonally to highlight whats in season through perfectly crafted pasta dishes. Chef Simone Savaiano is a native of Rome and this is seems to be reflected in every dish. At Mucca Osteria you will find some of the most authentic Italian cuisine in Portland. Here you can enjoy pasta dishes like Tagliatelle Porcini e Tartufo a housemade egg Tagliatelle pasta with Porcini mushrooms and burgundy truffles or Risotto all'Astice e Bisque alla Franciacorta which is risotto with lobster bisque.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Mucca Osteria is a cozy Italian dining spot in downtown Portland perfect for a date night.
Meagan's expert tip: Try the steak. For an Italian restaurant it is surprising to find one of the best steaks in town.
One restaurant that appears on just about everybody's best-of Portland list is Andina. With the tagline, "A Taste of Peru in the Pearl," Andina has taken traditional South American cuisine to the level of fine art. Located in the heart of Portland's Pearl District, the neighborhood is comprised of boutique shops, art galleries and old industrial building converted into high-end lofts. Andina has a formal dining room and a more casual bar featuring live, Latin-influnced music every night of the week. Though Andina is one of the more expensive restaurants in Portland, most diners agree that the food and attentive service is well worth the cost. The tapas menu, happy hour and lunch offerings make sampling Andina food affordable for almost anyone.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Andina is a beautiful lively restaurant that is perfect for romantic night out.
Meagan's expert tip: On weekend nights, public transportation maybe the most convenient way to travel to the Pearl.
Jackrabbit is a gorgeous restaurant inside the lobby of hipster hotel, The Duniway. The head celebrity chef is none other than Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino. Jackrabbit features an extensive raw bar with oysters and clams. The cocktail menu is based around gin with interesting choices like the Homeward Bound cocktail made with gin, lemon, house vanilla, bubbles, and pear puree. The menu also features house-cured meats and dishes feature Oregon's incredible bounty. Jackrabbit offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday. They also offer a daily happy hour from 2 - 5 PM everyday. On weekends they have a delicious brunch.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Jackrabbit offers a delightful dining experience for couples in their lavish
Meagan's expert tip: Jackrabbit offers an excellent happy hour everyday from 2 - 5 P.M.